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Lawyer releases 'sex abuse priests' list

2011-01-20 13:02

Boston - A Boston-area attorney for hundreds of clients who say they were abused by priests released a list on Wednesday of what he says are 117 members of the clergy or religious orders accused of abusing minors.

Mitchell Garabedian said he released his list to help victims heal and because the Archdiocese of Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley has failed to release names as he said he would years ago.

The list includes 18 names from the Archdiocese of Boston not previously tracked by BishopAccountability.org, a Massachusetts-based group that maintains a database of accused priests nationwide.

Most of the names on Garabedian's list are located in the Boston area. The priest sex abuse scandal, which has rocked the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, first erupted in Boston nearly a decade ago.

"It's very important to victims that the truth be told and releasing the names of paedophile priests is telling the truth," Garabedian said ahead of a news conference with a number of abuse survivors and members of BishopAccountability.org.

Continuous evaluation

The Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement it is committed to the protection of children and ensuring that "the sexual abuse crisis is never repeated".

"We remain committed to augmenting our present policy in the area of disclosing additional information about credibly accused clergy," the statement said.

"We continue to evaluate the complexities of this initiative, especially those associated with disclosing information relating to deceased priests or those accused of a crime, whose guilt or innocence has not been established, and the serious due process concerns this presents," it said.

The attorney said he has represented more than 750 victims against the 117 members of the list.

BishopAccountability.org currently tracks about 3 200 names of accused priests compiled over several years from news reports and public documents, said founder and co-director Terence McKiernan.

Comments
  • Amun Ra - 2011-01-20 13:49

    BishopAccountability.org currently tracks about 3 200 names of accused priests.These holier than thou priests have been raping and molesting our kids for decades hiding behind the church.This must be the biggest pedophile ring on earth. "It must be there gods will" Nothing good has ever came from religion.Please stop preaching bullsh!t to the masses.

      Douglas - 2011-02-02 00:02

      Actually, the total is even more, standing at 5600 (and this goes only to 2008). Also, this covers only those abuses originating from within the US, and only for the clergy (ie it excludes lay teachers, church volunteers, church administrators, or other diocesan or religious order employees). The problem is on a scale that is hard to conceive, and in my eyes clearly stems from the enforcement of celibacy. The Anglican church is not altogether that different from the Catholic church, yet their priests hardly EVER make the news wrt abuse scandals. Reason? They are allowed the freedom to marry and have a family, if they so desire. Which is the Biblical pattern.

  • JMan - 2011-01-20 13:59

    Finally..someone with balls to oust these sick freaks.

  • Grant - 2011-01-20 14:04

    Has anybody seen the South Park episode on this? All the priests meeting to find a solution to the problem of so many kids reporting sexual abuse. What's making them report it NOW? How do we stop them reporting it? Ha ha ha!! CLASSIC!

  • lmduplessis - 2011-01-20 16:53

    It's about damn time too!

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